Interview: Dave Pell (Part 3) - JazzWax

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June 10, 2009

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Ed Leimbacher

As a cheerful Left Coaster, I'm always pleased to read or hear tales historically revising the too-long-derided rep of cool (oh no!) and melodic (ye gads!) West Coast Jazz. Les Brown's guys often played real jazz? Clax took a snap lesson from Pell? Lester left town, leaving a sax tough to play and a lilting style surprisingly hard to emulate? Mirabile dictu... All told, thanks for the Pres-Pell according to Dave.

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